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The Mask

The Mask

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by Dean Koontz

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A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of all...


A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of all...

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“Koontz hones his fearful yarns to a gleaming edge.”—People

More Praise for Dean Koontz

“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press

“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly

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Penguin Publishing Group
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4.25(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.86(d)
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18 Years

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.

Brief Biography

Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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The Mask 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE MASK If horror is your favorite subject, then the right book for you would be The Mask. Written by Dean Koontz, this book keeps you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. If you are familiar with Dean Koontz and his books, then you would know that he likes to switch back and forth from scenes in his stories as if it were a movie. I don¿t read many books, but I would have to say that I loved reading this well-written novel. I will have to say that I was a bit scared in some parts of the story, but I managed from shaking in my boots. It all starts in the prologue with a girl named Laura who is forced to clean in the cellar of her house as punishment. She hates cleaning the cellar because she has arachnophobia. Besides the cellar is always dark and there is hardly any light for her to see where to clean. All of a sudden she hears something from upstairs, sort of like a shout and footsteps running everywhere. She doesn¿t know what is happening, and then all of a sudden it starts getting harder for her to breathe. A fire has started in the house. She tries to escape up the stairs of the cellar to see what¿s going on, but her dress holds her back. She can¿t get out and she starts getting dizzy. She feels like she is about to faint when she falls to the ground and realizes that it¿s easier for her to breathe. She tries to find a route of escape to the banging on the cellars double doors from her aunt Rachel. Her aunt Rachel is banging louder and louder, trying to help Laura but the doors are locked from the inside. Its getting hard for Laura to think straight for all she can think about is how her mother put her in the cellar to clean. From there the reader is introduced to different characters as it starts the true beginning of the book with a couple named Carol and Paul Tracy at an adoption agency trying to get confirmed to adopt a child. Many weird things start to happen to the couple and a psychiatrist named Grace. The reader eventually discovers that the girl in the prologue is tied to these people and others through a series of reincarnations. The book is very well written and seems as it can published into a movie. It seemed like if I was watching a scary movie at the theatre. Koontz goes from scene to scene and keeps the mystery good throughout the book. Characters are described thoroughly along with their thoughts. The characters are realistic for the most part with somewhat supernatural forces on some characters. The mystery, of course, is not revealed until the end of the book so it makes you want to finish. I think this is by far the best book I have ever read and recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. Koontz is a good writer of mystery and horror. I like to watch movies, and the whole time I was reading the book, I kept mental notes as if I was watching one. It scared me to a certain extent though, but I loved that feeling, and it made me want to read more and find out what was going to happen next.
Calebsmumma More than 1 year ago
This book was not one of my favorite, I would not reccomend this unless you have a lot of valuble time to waste. The beginning starts of pretty good and grabs your attention but the book's middle builds you up and the ending lets you down and a lot of things un answered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes sir they have done it again. Re issued an old Koontz book with a 2012 release date and no mention that it is from1981. Give me a break 10 bucks for a digital edition of a 30 yr old book. Never again a B&N I will shop Amazon from now on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning was very interesting and the middle was ok, but the end of this book is what got me. What did the husband in the story even have to do with his wife and daughter? Plus the ending was so quick and they never even told you what happened after they solved everything. This wasn't a good book, luckily I borrowed it from a library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No, this is not 'The Mask' of Jim Carey fame, or 'The Mask' of Cher fame. That there are so many 'The Mask' stories around is a sign that authors need to start using longer titles after a three-decade fad. Some pretty good excitement, mystery, and chills here, but there were so many obvious signs of the supernatural happening to everybody at once that I can't believe real people would universally choose to ignore them. The climax was also too predictable for my taste; maybe the book was written before Koontz fully refined his mystery-writing skills. Enjoy spiders, little girls, a nude teen, blood, axes, severed heads, a poltergeist, a berserk house cat, a disappearing man, hypnosis, and reincarnation. The thing with the deformed mouth calling to Grace from inside her bedroom was definitely frightening!
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It had good parts but also i could predict a lot of things and it kinda bored me at times but other than that it was good but still not my favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Dean Koontz. All his books always keep me on the edge of my seat. The Mask really wasn't that scary at all. Sure, it had its creepy moments, but not much.
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Ended to abrubtly
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Excellent as always. Dean Koontz never lets me down
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, the suspense, etc... But what about the ending?!?! How dissappointing was that? I feel like the character in misery, I want him to make the ending better! But no worries.. Still a big Koontz fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing one thing you must remember is this was written years ago before endless movies were made about reincarnation
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my fifth time reading the book and I still find it exciting! I enjoy how the everyone comes alive and even more I enjoy the many themes in the book. I myself was allowed to picture people I know as the characters and watch the thing unfold in my head. The phychic abilities that Grace and Carol had intrigued me the most as he explores the dream realm and opens the door that some of us do see the future and past. This is my first Koontz book and I can't wait to get another one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although a big Dean Koontz fan, this one failed to grip me like his other books have. I don't regret reading it but it was very slow and the ending just seemed to end with no real intention for doing so. I just think that he could have done better with this one however it was one of his earlier works so I think he has come a long way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read alot of Koontz's newer books, and I have to say that they got nothin' on the old stuff! Very different from anything I have ever read, Koontz or not. There is a suprise around every corner. You won't get bored with this book. Have fun!